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No sign of deal for Snowden as White House rejects 2-year online petition

Good, Edward Snowden will likely remain hiding in Russian for some time, with Washington officials and most Americans offering no leniency or forgiveness for him notoriously stealing classified information and jeopardizing U.S. 360 more words

Current Events

Russia round-up #3: Putin, soft power and fast food

Some of the best Russia reading this week.

1. Incommensurate RussiaPerry Anderson, New Left Review

No quick summary or pull quote I choose will do this piece justice. 661 more words

Culture

Russian Police Detain Several Gay Activists

Police officers detain a gay rights activist standing with a rainbow flag during a protest at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 181 more words

Literature

“Why am I so unhappy even though I have all this money?” You have now read all of American literature, too.

U.S. Institute of Peace's Hawkish Chairman Wants Ukraine to Send Russians Back in Body Bags

Lee Fang reports for The Intercept:

The United States Institute of Peace is a publicly funded national institution chartered by the U.S. government to promote international peace through nonviolent conflict resolution. 314 more words

USA

Will Iran deal influence Ukraine?

Could the Iran deal change, somehow influence American stance towards Ukraine in terms of dealing with Russia as during the negotiation with Iran Moscow has showed that Russia could a reliable partner and FM Lavrov praised the US leadership? 945 more words

Politics